outdoor education facilities OUTDOOR EDUCATION

Year Round Programs for schools across the GTA

Hatching・Farm・Nature ・Maple Syrup・Leadership Programs

Where fun, co-operative play, and group communication in the great outdoors is our main focus and goal!

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WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO!

Our Mission: Green Acres Outdoor Education Centre strives to nurture a passion for Outdoor Education and values through immersive extracurricular school program experiences that transform lives and build community within and beyond our borders.

Whether it’s through our Leadership Program, Spring Farm & Tours,  Maple Syrup Tours, Chick Hatching Program or Butterfly Kits, our curriculum based program has something that will fit every groups educational goals.  Explore the outdoors while learning how to build and sustain a stronger future for generations to come.

Spring “Travelling” Outdoor Education Tours

This has been such a challenging year for all of us, but we are ready to take our show on the road! Energize your group in an outdoor educational experience right in your own backyard, field or playground.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols:

We are currently working alongside the recommendations of Public Health to deliver safe, outdoor educational programing for all to enjoy. Special attention to Covid-19 safety protocols will be in place as per the following:

  1. All Educational Instructors will be trained in proper sanitizing techniques with regards hands, touch surfaces, and restrooms.
  2. All Educational Instructors and those participating in our tours must wear a mask at all times. This will be mandatory. Each group will remain in their cohort (as outlined by the Ministry of Health Guidelines) with their assigned GA Trained Staff for the duration of their tour.
  3. All activities will take place outside and any shared equipment will be sanitized and disinfected between each group by our trained staff.

Choose from the following tours for one that is right for you.

Nature – Bugs, Bees and All Things Trees! – JK to Grades 3 (2 hours in length)

Investigating the wonderful world of nature, discovering the needs and characteristics of living things as well as the growth and changes in all.

Leadership – Work Together and Stand Tall! – Grades 3 – 8 (2 hours in length)

Discovering the leader within, by carefully designed group activities that will engage and inspire the greatness in your students!

Reduce/Reuse/Recycle – Exploring Sustainability – Grades 3 – 8 (2 hours in length)

How do we learn from the past to help preserve the future? Through our interactive program, students will experience and understand their power in saving the land for their successors!

  • Program dates begin April 26, 2021.
  • All programs are 2 hours in length.
  • Program Cost: $10.00 per student.  Minimum Charge of $150.00.
  • No charge for teachers, education assistants or early childhood educators.
  • All fees include 1 Parent Volunteer per 7 students.
  • Additional Parent Volunteers are the same cost as students.
  • A 25% deposit is required at the time of booking to secure program date.
  • Final payment is based on number of the students on the day of the program.
  • We reserve the right to alter programs due to weather or safety.

Leadership Program

Our Leadership Programs are designed and executed with attention to detail in order to promote strategic team building, working together and co-operative learning. Through various Low Ropes, critical thinking games, as well as personalized programs that meet the specific needs of your participants, our goal is to promote the opportunity for success and positivity at every turn.

  • Leadership and Low Ropes programs are only available as full day programs and ideal for Grades 3 to 12.
  • Cost is $20.00 per student.
  • No charge for teachers, education assistants or early childhood educators.
  • All fees include 1 Parent Volunteer per 7 students.
  • Additional Parent Volunteers are $10.00.
  • A 25% deposit is required at the time of booking to secure a program date.
  • We reserve the right to alter programs due to weather or safety.

SPRING FARM & NATURE TOURS

Immerse your group in our farm and nature programs, where students learn through interactive, hands-on activities designed to investigate the intertwining characteristics of farm and nature that make up the world in which we live.

  • Trip dates begin April 26, 2021.
  • Half Day Trips: $8.00 per student.
  • Full Day Trips: $12.50 per student.
  • No charge for teachers, education assistants or early childhood educators.
  • All fees include 1 Parent Volunteer per 7 students.
  • Additional Parent Volunteers are the same cost as students.
  • A 25% deposit is required at the time of booking to secure program date.
  • Final payment is based on number of the students on the day of trip.
  • We reserve the right to alter programs due to weather or safety.

MAPLE SYRUP FAMILY TOURS

These are certainly unprecedented times for all of us to navigate, but Green Acres Outside Education wants to journey with you! Come and enjoy our Outdoor Maple Syrup Experience this spring with your family or students! Explore the sweet taste of Maple Syrup, how it’s made and discover the legacy of its creation. This program is perfect for families of any age, home educators and classrooms!

COVID-19 Safety Protocols:

We are currently working alongside the recommendations of Public Health to deliver safe, outdoor educational programing for all to enjoy. Special attention to Covid-19 safety protocols will be in place as per the following:

  1. All Educational Instructors will be trained in proper sanitizing techniques with regards hands, touch surfaces, and restrooms.
  2. All Educational Instructors and those participating in our tours must wear a mask at all times. This will be mandatory. Each group will remain in their cohort (as outlined by the Ministry of Health Guidelines) with their assigned GA Trained Staff for the duration of their tour.
  3. All activities will take place outside and any shared equipment will be sanitized and disinfected between each groups use by our trained staff.
  • Trip Dates are March 15, 2021 – March 26, 2021 (Not Available on March 21 and Waitlist only March 19 and March 20)
  • 90 minute Trips Offered Only: $10.00 per person.
  • Morning and Afternoon tour times offered.

MAPLE SYRUP TOURS

We all know how to eat maple syrup, but do we really know how it’s made or where it comes from? Our maple syrup tour will explore the Indigenous Peoples role in it’s making and allow students to participate in the process from tap to treat.

  • Trip Dates are March 22, 2021 – April 9, 2021.
  • Half Day Trips Offered Only: $8.00 per student.
  • Morning and Afternoon tour times offered.
  • No charge for teachers, education assistants or early childhood educators.
  • All Fees include 1 Parent Volunteer per 7 students.
  • Additional Parent Volunteers are the same cost as students.

CHICK HATCHING

See and experience the incredible journey of life from fertilized egg to live hatchling. We provide all that you will need to participate in the process of chick hatching, so that each participate can learn and identify the different stages of development and care.

We offer an educational “full cycle” incubation experience for your classroom, home or senior’s residence. Once the eggs have hatched, all hatchlings and the rented items are returned to Green Acres, where the chicks are then safely re-homed to a local farmer.

Each Incubator Kit Rental includes the following:

  • 1 incubator
  • 12 fertilized chicken eggs
  • Shavings
  • Drown proof waterer
  • Feed for hatchlings
  • Hatching instruction booklet
  • Phone support during working hours

*”Egg Kits Only” are also available that will include all of the above except for the incubator **Auto turners and delivery charges are extra and upon request

Session:
Spring Session #1:  April 7, 2021 – May 3, 2021
Spring Session #2:  May 11, 2021 – June 7, 2021

Costs:
NEW!
INCUBATOR KIT WITH AUTOMATIC BUILT-IN TURNER $375.00 (SOLD OUT SESSION 2)
Incubator Kit $200.00
Egg Kit only $75.00
Auto Turners $90.00
Delivery:
Area A: Scarborough, Stouffville, West Hill, Toronto, North York, Thornhill, Richmond Hill – $60.00 drop-off per kit and $60.00 pick-up per kit
Area B: Brampton, Mississauga, Etobicoke, Woodbridge, Maple, Pickering, Whitby, Ajax, Aurora, King City, Newmarket – $75.00 drop-off per kit and $75.00 pick-up per kit
Most other Areas including Oakville, Burlington and Oshawa – $90.00 drop-off per kit and $90.00 pick-up per kit

Please Note the Following:

  • Full payment is made at time of all bookings. No refunds are available.
  • Incubator, unused supplies and all hatchlings must be returned prior to 5:00pm on session ending date. THERE CAN BE NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Hatch rate cannot be guaranteed.
  • All incubator’s are to be cleaned when returned to Green Acres.

BUTTERFLY KITS

Participants are given the opportunity to learn and observe the life cycle and stages of the butterfly. Observe the day to day transformation from Egg, to Larva, to Pupa and Butterfly, then the fulfillment of releasing your butterflies into the world.

Sessions:
Session 1: April 21, 2021
Session 2: May 25, 2021

Each kit includes the following:

  • 25 Butterfly Caterpillars each in their own container
  • Caterpillar “Nutrient” liquid to help them grow
  • Instructions and teaching booklet

Costs:
Butterfly Kit $125.00
Butterfly Release House $25.00
*A butterfly release house is required for their transformation from chrysalis into butterflies. You may purchase ours to be used year after year or use one of your own.
Delivery: $35.00 per kit

Please note the following:
Full Payment is made at the time of all bookings. Full refund will be issued only if cancellation is requested to the Green Acres Outdoor Education Office 21 days prior to pick up or delivery.

Bookings Begin January 15, 2021

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